The greatest accomplishments of JMU are the enriched lives and enhanced intellects and talents of the students who become JMU graduates. The lives they lead, the values they teach others, the contributions they make to our future are far more meaningful than what is often quantified as a measure of success. Dr. Rose knew this and has, in his blood, an unshakable commitment to a high–quality undergraduate experience.” – Meredith Strohm Gunter, former JMU Board of Visitors rector
In the 14-year tenure of President Linwood H. Rose, JMU's growth has been phenomenal. Rose conferred 56,893 degrees as president — a number that represents almost half of all the degrees ever conferred at JMU — 123,486 — since 1911. That's a lot of graduation handshakes, personal stories and JMU successes.
In his last Madison message, Linwood H. Rose (‘12H) reflects on his own Madison Experience.
Dr. Linwood H. Rose, the fifth president in James Madison University's history, led the University into a position of national prominence.